Sunday, March 25, 2007

Falcon 1 Onboard Launch

"SpaceX demo2 rocket launch in March.

• A privately funded rocket launches from a Pacific atoll Tuesday
• The rocket reached space but re-entered the Earth's atmosphere after half an orbit because of a problem during the second-stage burn, an entrepreneur said
• Falcon 1 is a 70-foot long, 2-stage rocket powered by liquid oxygen and kerosene
• SpaceX founder Elon Musk was a co-founder of PayPal Inc."

Note the 2nd stage motor nozzle almost instantly start to glow red with heat. Great stuff. Sorry to hear that it didn't make a full orbit, but this was still a great flight. I did notice some significant yaw late into the 2nd stage burn, maybe this had something to do with the lack of performance? Rockets really tend to shake and rattle and yaw and pogo if you don't balance them perfectly. But when you think about it, I would say this was a pretty smooth ride for mach 5, 10, and 15.


thimscool said...

Awesome. When is the next launch?

Jesse said...

The first stage seperation dinged the second stage engine nozzle causing the "wobble". What a great video of the falcon flight. It's exciting to see commercial aerospace success!